"My Setback is a Better Comeback"

By Jakayla

My story begins in 2008 when I was 2 years of age. I was diagnosed with ALL leukemia. I was already used to St. Jude because my brother Javon was treated there for leukemia.

The year 2011, during my kindergarten year, I relapsed. During this time, I had to start chemo and radiation all over again. Plus, I also had to have a bone morrow transplant, which was really difficult.

I was homeschooled the rest of my kindergarten year. The day of my transplant, May 17, 2012, was also the day of my kindergarten graduation, but the hospital made sure I had a graduation. That was a memorable moment. I would like to thank the school program for the awesome job for making that happen.

A closeup of Jakayla wearing glasses.

I was also home schooled my entire first grade year and half of the semester of my second grade year.

I am more than blessed that God brought me though cancer not once but twice. I am living live to the fullest. I love to sing, dance and hang out with my friends. I love telling my story because it can be an inspiration to other young girls who are battling this beast called cancer.

I used to be very self-conscious about myself but now I feel great! I put my feeling into my singing. I am in my school’s advanced choir where I have had many competitions in front of a lot of people. I also have done solos as well.

Now I am 8 years cancer free and doing great. I just look at it as my set back is a better come back. I am a freshman in high school thanks to God and the St. Jude family.

My encouraging words to all going through chemo or who just heard those words that you have cancer — God will be right by your side every step of the way. He will never leave your side. Just trust in Him. Just keep pushing though on your worst days and even the days you want to give up.


Posted: August 2020